Michelle Olmstead Photography

I've always found it strange that people write their bios in the third person so hello, it's me!  I am a Utah based Landscape, Wildlife, and Conservation photographer with an interest in responsible outdoor recreation and adventure.

I have a degree in Zoology (with a minor in Botany) and photography was a natural extension of my love and respect for nature.  It has been said that we protect what we love, and it is my hope that through my photography, I can help others to see the value in conserving wild places and wild things.  I strongly adhere to the principals of "leave no trace" and all of my images are made responsibly and ethically.  My editing style is realistic, as it should be when you intend to use your photos for conservation and photojournalism.  This is especially important for wildlife images in my opinion.  My work has been featured in various publications, including the 2020 Fall/Winter edition of Tamron Magazine and the scientific journal "Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment."

As a contributor and adventurer for The Outbound Collective, I am a big advocate for getting outside and living a healthy lifestyle. I enjoy hiking, backpacking, cycling, running, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and camping. 

I love to collaborate with other photographers, organizations, scientists, and sustainable companies working to protect the environment, and those promoting responsible outdoor recreation. Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or requests!